Coal Export Fight Moves to Washington State

Posted September 3, 2014 at 11:24am

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that “environmentalists and industry supporters searched for meaning last week in the recent rejection of a coal dock in Oregon and the expansion of an existing terminal in British Columbia, and both sides prepared for what promises to be an even larger fight over coal exports in Washington state.”  

“Opponents of the docks said the rejection of a terminal on the Columbia River near Portland set a precedent for how future projects will be judged.”  

“Coal backers called the move political. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, announced his opposition to the plan in April. And they hailed the expansion of the Port of Vancouver in Canada as evidence strong of Asian demand. Wyoming and Montana coal will be shipped abroad regardless of what Washington and Oregon decide, they said.”